NAPALM answers all our questions

  1. Whatsup. Who are you guys ?What are you guys?

 

NAPALM – Whatsup! Its DHZA , Guererro and Cognition here, we’re representing our group NAPALM. NAPALM is a collective of 4 artists from Hamden, CT. We’re a hip hop based group with more to offer than dope beats. Hopefully people realize that soon.

 2. How did you guys get started?

 

Guererro – We came together as high school friends to create something real and one of a kind, something un-immitatable. I think we accomplished that.

 

3.Who are the members of your group and what do they do?

 

Cognition – We have Rellevance handling production, as well as doing some spitting. Then we have DHZA, Guererro and myself as emcees as well.

 

DHZA – We also have Groz Beats. Expect alot of production from him. Were expanding.

4. What genre would you consider yourself?

 

Cognition – I like to call our genre new age mixed w/old school hip hop.

 

DHZA – “Creative” & “Real” are two things that come to mind. Obviously hiphop though…

 

Guererro – We make conscious hip-hop, with a touch of psychedelic scenery and a backdrop of 90’s classic shit.

5. Who inspired you?

 

DHZA – Shit.. Doom, Kanye, Ab – Soul, The Wu, Wayne, and a lot more people. I find inspiration in a lot of people with individual styles and influence.

 

Cognition – I’m personally inspired by the old greats big L Pac Nas Eminem but I’m Inspired by Guerrero Dhza and Rellevance everytime we hit the studio.

6. What do you guys expect with your band in the upcoming year? 

 

Cognition -To the listener In 2015: we plan on taking over our little corner of the globe with a multitude of thought out, mostly concious, tapes to better introduce ourselves to you.Be ready.

 

DHZA – Who knows what could MANAfest , after the recent release of our mixtape #TheMANAfestation, I believe we can gain alot of attention with its gravitating hooks, sounds and lyrics.

7. What do you all hope to achieve?

 

Guererro – Nowadays, content and innovation is being sacrificed for popularity & promotion, we wanna change that…waking up in a new Bugatti would be nice too….Cognition – An achievement for me would be getting a decent following behind myself and NAPALM.

 

DHZA – I personally want to be important. Just an opinion and a voice that matter in the world of music, especially hiphop, and entertainment, and to live without worry to be honest. Simple.

8. What makes your crew standout from the rest of crowd?

 

Cognition – Our group stands out from the rest when the beat drops. If you understand the bars you’ll be feeling us from the jump. The real beauty is when you don’t understand on the first spin and you give another listen, your bound to learn from our perspectives of everyday life.

 

DHZA – Individual aspects of our music to be honest, the only consistent factor is the high level of spitting.

 

Guererro – Well for one, we don’t filter ourselves, almost a “take it or leave it”. We also hold ourselves to high standards, and try to make the best product possible…. That & Rellevance is the best producer you can ask for.

 9. Where was your first show?

 

DHZA – Mine was at “The Space” in Hamden Ct. Shit was tight,I loved it, people showed a ton of love.

 

Cognition – My first performance was at toads place in New Haven. Expect more of a live face in 2015 from NAPALM though.

 10. How does it feel getting up on stage in front of a live crowd?

 

DHZA – AMAZING. Nothing like it, but if u offer nothing as a performer that can change real quick.

 

Cognition – Invigorating and refreshing.

 

Guerrero – In my opinion its truly addictive.

11. Are there any obstacles whatsoever when it comes to the band?

 

Cognition – With Rellevance being in Minnesota at the moment we are forced to rebuild our studio, but it won’t be long before you’re seeing our sessions on our Instagram and Twitter.

 

DHZA – Only obstacles you have are ones you admit to.

 

Were working around anything that COULD be an obstacle.

 

Guererro – Money obviously & what we make isn’t what a lot of kids listen to “As of lately”, as DHZA would put it. ?

 

That, & Jay-Z won’t answer my emails.

12. How did you guys come up with the band name?

 

Guererro – After the breakup of the last group we were chilling  listening to our old music and sessioning when we started discussing forming our own group. I randomly thought of the acronym NAPALM for New Age Peace And Light Movement. It was some spiritual shit how it happened because it came so fluently to me. After suggestions from DHZA (him being the one doing a TON of internet promo for us, shoutout) the “L” became interchangeable for Love, Light & Life, something I feel represents our vision for both society & humanity. I’ve always felt the name was unimportant compared to the Team I’m with, however. What we make defines us.

 

DHZA – … well… there ya go…

 

Checkout our brand new mixtape : “TheMANAfestation” //napalmmusic.bandcamp.com/album/themanafestationShow us some love and share our work and follow us on twitter and instagram!!

 

Twitter : @WeAreNAPALM

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The best rappers of the digital era have started with mixtapes: Wayne, Wiz, Mac, Cole, and Greene. Matt Greene has dropped his debut mixtape entitled “Shades of Greene”, a clever play on his last name.

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The young gun from Middletown, New Jersey, got his introduction into music through the pianos and drums, then found a love for hip hop. That love grew into passion as Greene began to write rhymes of his own.

“I just have rhythm,” Greene said after recalling how he was able to play the drums the first time he ever sat down at a set. Greene’s rhythm is evident in his voice, which moves in a deep tone across some familiar beats. Greene borrowed beats from J. Cole, Logic, and Phoenix to name a few, a diverse collection of background music that accents his clear articulation through the 13 tracks.

Greene’s talents are particularly on display on the track “Drift Away” where he raps over a smooth Pretty Lights production. His creativity and flow over the beat help to showcase his lyricism, which is exceptional for a first mixtape. Some thematic elements Greene used were inspiration, dreaming, and nostalgia.

Greene also performs with the group Off Top, a compilation of Greene, Gnarly Nonsense, Parker Caexar and Eric Foster. They’ve performed two shows in New Jersey in the past few months and are planning to book more in the upcoming future.

Needless to say Greene’s voice is going to take him far in the hip hope game. Central Jersey is starting to develop a solid underground rap scene, and its safe to say Greene is on the forefront. His local following has helped his mixtape already to reach over 3,000 people through his Facebook. You can listen to Shades of Greene on his Bandcamp.

Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright in the End Album Review

As a lifelong fan of Weezer, it’s safe to say that I was thrilled to be reviewing the latest album from the group, but at first, I took that thrill with a grain of salt. After all, the more recent albums by the group have been lackluster, to say the least, and there has been a real desire to hear this group touch upon their roots is something that the dedicated fan base of Weezer has wanted since the mid 2000’s.

After the release of their singles, “Back to the Shack,” and, “Cleopatra,” fans of Weezer were yearning to hear what the rest of this album had in store, hoping that the band had continued to give the fans that classic sound that they have been waiting to hear. Well, I can assure everyone that this album definitely lives up to the hype.

“Everything Will Be Alright in the End,” is an album that successfully combines everything we know and love about Weezer, with a few fresh additions. Fans of the band will certainly be thrilled to know that this album carries a nostalgic essence of the Weezer’s style during the 1990’s. The album, (which was produced by Ric Ocasek, the brains behind Weezer’s, “Blue,” and, “Green,” albums), brings back the lovable lyrics and catchy grooves that made their first albums so memorable, along with a few interesting vocal collaborations between the group and the band Best Coast’s, Bethany Cosentino. The album is also filled with the trademark quirky guitar solos that only a mind like Rivers Cuomo can think of. I will admit that the three songs in the middle section of the album, (following, “Lonely Girl), seem to fall victim to a tedious use of chord progression, an issue that was present at the ending section of, “The Green Album.” Nonetheless, this is only a minor issue, as the rest of the album certainly makes up for this section.

It’s certainly a refreshing site to see an iconic band pay homage to old style, and create an album that makes the listeners remember why they fell for that band in the first place, and this is an act that Weezer executes perfectly on this album. My personal favorites are, “Lonely Girl,” and, “Foolish Father,” but that’s only a fraction of what this album has in store. If you haven’t listened to this album yet, I STRONGLY suggest that you do so, because you will not regret it at all.

Overall Score: 9/10

Chelsea Lankes answers WQAQ’s questions

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Time recently premiered your music video Secret, what was it like getting that type of publicity?

I just felt a lot of gratitude for the opportunity. It’s always exciting to get to release new content to the world, but I was especially thrilled because Time has such high standards and a huge audience. Felt very lucky.

What was the inspiration behind Secret?

It was an unexpected song honestly. When I wrote it, I was just wanting to tell a love story but in the most original way I knew how. Everything has been said- so it’s my job to find a way to make something familiar feel new. I listened to a lot of empire of the sun and Madonna before I wrote this song and somehow ended up with “Secret”.

I originally heard your music on Hype Machine. There are many different ways to get your music out there, what is your main way to get people to hear your music?

I think hype Machine is a great resource. As an independent artist I think that is probably the best way to reach a large audience. Other than that, just playing shows!

When did you start your music career?

I started fully pursuing this as a career 5 years ago, but I’ve always been a dreamer. I’ve moved towards this dream my entire life.

Are you working on an EP/Album?

Yes!! I have enough songs to release an album but it may end up being an EP. We will see how things play out in the new year.

Are you going to be performing live anywhere this year?

Yes!! I’ll be playing a few shows in LA in November.

When did you start your music Who is your music inspiration?

When I was a kid! My mom was my inspiration- she made me love music. Growing up, i listened to a lot of Sheryl crow, Ryan Adams, patty griffin… I’ve always been drawn to artists that are particularly poignant lyrically.

Who do you have playing on your iPod currently?

Tove lo, Ryan Adams, colony house, frida sundemo, sky Ferreira, blondie